Published August 16, 2012
The High Court has rejected an attempt by a man suffering from locked-in syndrome to overturn Britain's euthanasia law by refusing to legally allow doctors to end his life.
Tony Nicklinson had a stroke in 2005 that left him unable to speak or move below his neck. In January, the 58-year-old asked the High Court to declare that any doctor who kills him with his consent will not be charged with murder.
On Thursday, the High Court ruled that challenges from Nicklinson and another man named only as Martin to allow others to help them die without being prosecuted were a matter for Parliament to decide.
The judges wrote that they were both "tragic cases," but concluded it was not up to the courts to change the euthanasia law.